New Richmond-News Staff
Clean water TO THE EDITOR Have you thought about clean water lately? Where does it come from — how and why? That has been on the minds of many in the Town of Emerald (and beyond) especially after learning of the massive manure spill at a local CAFO which was not reported for three months following its occurrence.
We can agree to disagree TO THE EDITOR Respect. Fairness. As a former classroom teacher, I have always thought these values were so important. Children learn from the adults in their lives. We are privileged to live in a republic over 200 years old. Lively debates have always been part of the mix. It troubles me today to see and hear such lively debates, from ALL sides, become PERSONAL attacks, hateful talk, bully-like tirades. We can AGREE to disagree, but with respect, fairness. The next generation is watching, listening to our example!
Nice to see good news TO THE EDITOR You are to be commended on your article Thursday, June 7, Page A11 "Star Prairie Lions announce five 2018 Shining Stars" that recognize 6-11 graders for unsolicited ACTS OF KINDNESS. So little news is about the good that people do. And the Shining Stars are to be congratulated. Let there be more education in this regard. Good job, Susan Davis and the New Richmond News. Let us hear more about the positive. Ilene Baillargeon Somerset Feeding the fish
Better described as 'global weirding' TO THE EDITOR Traditionally May is a temperate month, a more or less gentle easing into warmer weather. We enjoy the return of beloved bird species and the world turns green. Forsythia, lilac, bridal veil and honeysuckle spill their fragrances in the breeze, and we accommodate the gradual transition from extremes of winter to extremes of summer. This May the familiar patterns do not hold. Not long after mid-month, brutally hot and humid weather of the kind we associate with July moved in.
Loyalty Day support TO THE EDITOR Following the VFW State of Wisconsin's best "Loyalty Day Parade," hosted in New Richmond, we wish to extend our gratitude for the outstanding local government support and encouragement as New Richmond/ St. Croix County VFW Post 10818 took on this great and honorable challenge.
Politics of the heart TO THE EDITOR
Funding needed in national parks TO THE EDITOR As we celebrate National Park Week, April 21-29 and the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which helped established the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, it's worth noting the benefits national parks bring to our state and local communities, but also the challenges they face.
I wanted to share that I was disappointed with the election results that left Kay Zwald off the St. Croix Central School Board. Kay has served on the SCC Board of Education for over 20 years. During those years, we have built a new high school that is now 18 years old, we started a middle school focused on the needs of adolescents; we have recently enhanced education with great new facilities including a state of the art auditorium; we built a team of outstanding educators and most importantly we have raised the bar on our expectations of ourselves as educators and of our students.
National Crime Victims' Rights Week — Expand the Circle: Reach all victims TO THE EDITOR The St. Croix County District Attorney's Office, Victim/Witness Assistance Program is observing National Crime Victims' Right Week, April 8—14, 2018. This week is designated to recognize crime victims and bring awareness to victims' rights and acknowledge those who assist victims of crime.
Budget calculating TO THE EDITOR So when I hear that the St. Croix County budget has increased 34 percent-plus since 2014, what's that mean? I came up with a higher figure. Read on and I'll tell you how I calculated at the bottom. So 34 percent is a figure that seems mostly ubiquitous; 34 percent of what? 34 cents on the dollar?